Treating and Preventing Gum Disease

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When it comes to diseases in the United States, adults are mainly affected by gum disease. In most instances, the gum disease is mild, but if left untreated it can develop and spread causing damage to your oral health. Gum disease can cause severe harm to your gums and also cause you to lose teeth. It’s entirely possible to prevent this from happening and reverse the effects of gum disease by treating it early on.

You should go in for a professional dental cleaning early on when you have a gum disease. Since gum disease is attributable to plaque buildup, cleaning it gets rid of the disease’s source. It may be needed you come in for additional cleanings besides your bi-yearly appointments.

Deeper cleanings are needed in cases where gum disease has spread deeper. If plaque and tartar have built up under your gum line, a scaling treatment will be used to clean it out. Sometimes, plaque can build up on rough spots on the tooth’s roots. In those cases, a root planing treatment is needed to smooth the rough places down. Both of these involve anesthesia and typically stop gum disease progression.

If the disease is too deep in the tissue, Dr. Hutchison, Dr. Gabrielsen, and Dr. Craig will likely need to perform a more involved treatment such as a tissue or bone graft. Other surgeries could also be necessary.

The best way to treat gum disease is prevention. Brush and floss every day to avoid contracting gum disease. If you have questions on gum disease, please call Royse City Dental Care in Royse City, Texas, today.